New today: Praying the news, signs, 8 ways to share your church's message

September 24, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 106:1-12Isaiah 41:1-13Matthew 18:1-5

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Rupert of Salzburg and Gerard Sagredo (Catholic calendar), Albert of Mainz, Pacificus of San Severino

New today from the Century

To pray the news, by Carol Zaleski. Psychologists describe a "middle knowledge" of the reality of death. How much of this knowledge is good for us?

Arianne Braithwaite Lehn reviews Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu's The Book of Forgiving. Using powerful stories, Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu equip us to address deep questions about forgiveness, wholeness, and new life.

Signs, by Ryan Dueck. What would you think if you were walking or driving down the street and you saw a sign that said, “Honk Less, Love More” or “Follow Dreams, Not Crowds”? Would these signs make you happier, or at least more inclined to behave decently?

Making your message sharable, by Carol Howard Merritt. Word of mouth is still the best way to get people to church, but there are things we can do to make that message sharable. Eight tools come to mind.


"Common elegance," a poem by Samuel Harrison.

In the news

Kids4Peace Boston brings three religions together

Episcopal Church’s Katharine Jefferts Schori will not seek re-election


Mental illness rarely addressed by churches

In the CCblogs network 

I’ve broken all ten, by Larry Patten

What could possibly go wrong? by Steve Woolley

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